A lunar calendar to improve my gardening skills

Does the lunar calendar work for planting fruit, vegetables, flowers, for sowing seeds, or for simply gardening? What is the Calendrier Lunaire? Read on.

Exporting a UK-bought LHD car to France

Is it possible or indeed practical to buy a LHD car in the UK, originally registered in Poland, and then import it to France? Are there guidelines to be followed?

Driving in France

In recent years, travelling across to the continent and driving in France has become increasingly easy for Brits, but there are laws and regulations to bear in mind while driving abroad.

Mushroom picking in France

In France, mushroom picking, or “la cueillette des champignons”, is practically a national sport during the Autumn season. However, there are guidelines to follow before wandering through the woods.

Pineau … or Pinot? Do you know the difference?

Pineau is a delicious alcoholic drink which comes from the Charentes region of France. It is a fortified wine made from 3 parts grape juice and 1 part Cognac and, like many great delicacies, was discovered by mistake.

Find out all about Pineau des Charentes

2 people in long sleeves shaking hands How do reserved Brits living in France manage to integrate and fit in? Is the culture shock easy to overcome, or does it prove too much for them? How do they feel about kissing people on the cheek as a greeting, for example? (that includes men!). What about the lack of discipline when it comes to queueing, a concept virtually non-existent in France? And the final straw:  unannounced neighbours popping over to borrow a cup of sugar without having been invited? The list goes on…

We’ve talked to a number of folks that express enthusiasm for exploring the local lifestyle and bemoan those that remain insular and isolated … and yet my observation is that there is often quite a gap between people’s aims and their execution.

So how do we achieve it? Do you think learning the language is essential or do you expect to get by using broken French or sign language? It would be interesting to get some comments in order to find out what others have found useful…

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